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"...training in the humanities is not, strictly speaking, a narrow vocational educational at all, but rather training for life."- Douglas Wilson,The Case for Classical Christian Education

ROMAN HISTORY

Classical Studies/History

The Romans were history’s great men of action, making the study of Rome ideal for beginners of all ages, but especially for younger students, who are fascinated by the abundant action and drama of Roman history.

 

An understanding of modern political history is impossible without a thorough understanding of Rome.

 

Fourth graders learn and master thirty stories covering the history of Rome from its founding under Romulus to the last emperor in the West, experiencing  the rise and fall of a great civilization through the lives of Horatius, Camillus, Caesar, Cicero, Marcus Aurelius, and many other larger-than-life figures.

 

Rome is the model civilization, the mastery of which provides a foundation for all other history study. Students will utilize discussion questions, timelines, maps, worksheets, and drawing pages.

 

Christian Studies/Bible

Fourth graders embark on second phase in a three-year reading course that builds faith by teaching Salvation History as real history. Students work through one-third of The Golden Children’s Bible each year, for three years. This part of the series covers the rise and fall of Israel and the period of the prophets. Your child will learn the fundamentals of Bible stories, history, and geography, with solid detail at a manageable pace.

 

Each lesson is comprised of a Scripture memory passage, important facts to know (including people, places, dates, and events), vocabulary, and comprehension questions that draw out the golden nuggets of meaning in each story. Maps, timelines, activities, and discussion questions offer the critical integration that is central to classical education.

 

Latin

First Form Latin’s grammar-first approach focuses on grammar forms and vocabulary because these are the skills suitable for the grammar stage student in 4th grade. Syntax (how to use the grammar) and translation are logic and rhetoric stage skills, respectively, and quickly overwhelm the student unless they are introduced at a slow, gentle pace and taught for mastery.

 

Because Latin hymns are set to music, students learn them faster and remember them longer than a traditional memory exercise.  Christian Latin should always be the first step in learning to translate Latin literature because it has shorter, simpler sentences and clearer word structure than classical authors.  Just like you wouldn’t study calculus before you learn algebra, you shouldn’t approach Caesar, Cicero, or Virgil before you conquer Christian Latin.

 

English & Literature

Fourth graders at Holy Trinity Classical Christian School delight in reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Heidi, Homer Price, and Lassie Come-Home.

 

Students memorize poetry, continue to reinforce phonics through Spelling Workout Level E, and begin the classical composition program in the fable stage.

 

In learning about fables, students look at a single story or idea and begin learning how to use words to engage the imagination of the audience. They master the structures of thought and ideas that go into a narrative and learn to create recognition by using figures of description. Students learn to restructure facts to tell the same story or idea. They also discover that words are symbols representing ideas, and as writers they can communicate the same idea using a variety of words and sentence structures.

 

Geography

Holy Trinity Classical Christian School 4th graders study the geography of the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe dovetailing very nicely with their study of ancient Rome. Each region is explored in its historical context in “History’s Headlines” as well as in the present in “Tour of Today.”

 

Students also are helped to retain the knowledge they gained in third grade by reviewing the U.S. states and capitals.

 

Science

Children delight in seeing the glory of Christ in all of nature, as it reveals God’s eternal wisdom and power.

 

Fourth graders study invertebrates with a special emphasis on insects. The curriculum includes a classic reader that takes a narrative approach to the life of insects as well as the Peterson First Guide: Insects. Lessons include in depth study of the orders of insects involving vivid pictures as well as opportunities for students to produce their own drawings.

 

Holy Trinity 4rd graders attend chapel three days a week and have weekly ART, MUSIC, and PE classes. They also enjoy recess twice daily.

 

If you would like additional information about the Grammar SCHOOL curriculum at Holy Trinity Classical Christian School, please contact Lower School Principal, Lori Hinson.